By Charlie McKinnon, EIS Glasgow Association Committee of Management (pc)
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EIS Scottish teachers’ union conference votes for action

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Issue 2357

Around 300 delegates from the EIS, the largest teaching union in Scotland, met in Perth last week for their annual conference.

Delegates voted overwhelmingly for a campaign of action including strikes to be in place before December in opposition to increased workload associated with the new Curriculum for Excellence (CfE). 

One delegate described CfE as an “out of control juggernaut”, accusing SNP education secretary Mike Russell of “political expediency rather than acting in the best interests a pupils”. 

This vote could see a strike of the 60,000 members in the EIS this year. 

It coincides with a plan for a national joint strike of the NUT and NASUWT teaching unions over pay in November.

Conference also reaffirmed its commitment to the campaign to defend pensions. 

This is still very much a live issue for teachers, particularly given the magnificent 91 percent vote for more strikes to defend pensions in the most recent ballot earlier this year.

Delegates also debated a number of key political issues. These included increasing participation of women members in the union and abortion rights. 

The conference voted to publicise the case for boycotting Israeli products in the union’s journal. 

The EIS is affliated to Unite Against Fascism (UAF). The union’s president encouraged delegates to sign the UAF statement against the EDL’s attempts to divide people.

Conference voted to affiliate to Unite the Resistance. 

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